Vacation season is fast approaching! But regardless of the fun plans that you are orchestrating–a cruise, beach trip, or amusement park getaway–a vacation isn’t always a place of complete refuge. While vacations are always a great way to get a rest from everyday life, everyday health issues travel with you without regard to relaxation plans. Not to mention unexpected injuries that can happen during your vacation.
If you take CBD oil for a regular ailment that you deal with, or if you want to bring CBD with you on your trip for the “just in case” moments, then this article is for you.
Here is an easy guide on traveling with CBD oil, why you should, and the right way to do it.
Traveling with CBD: How and Why You Should
Traveling with CBD Can Be Really Helpful
Even if you don’t take CBD for a regular ailment, traveling with CBD oil can be a huge benefit on a number of different levels.
Vacations often come with unexpected aches and pains–a sore neck from a jerky roller coaster ride, a sprain from a quiet mountain hike, or sore and achy muscles from scuba diving. Whatever unexpected pain you might encounter when you travel, CBD oil can help relieve a lot of these aches and pains. Why is that?
When you get injured, white blood cells release chemicals that are targeted at the injured area and the body goes to work to try to heal the injury. As the chemicals release, blood flow increases to the affected area which results in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals can cause fluid to leak into the tissue, which causes swelling, inflammation, and pain.
CBD oil is known for its natural, anti-inflammatory properties which work similarly to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
In fact, Dr. Bonnie Goldstein, a hemp doctor and author of the book Cannabis Revealed talks about this very thing in her article Trade in Your Ibuprofen for Cannabis.
Dr. Goldstein says that while these over-the-counter drugs are effective at relieving pain caused by inflammation, the relief they offer aren’t worth the negative side effects,
“In June of 1999, The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among Americans with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis every year (Wolfe 1999). Over 100,000 NSAIDs users are hospitalized per year for gastrointestinal complications A review of 17 studies found that 11% of preventable drug-related hospital admissions could be attributed to NSAIDs (Howard 2007).”
It’s no wonder that people are starting to turn to natural substances like CBD in lieu of these startling statistics.
This is why taking CBD oil with you on your travels can be such a good thing; you don’t want the pain of an unexpected minor injury to get in the way of you enjoying your vacation.
Another great reason to travel with CBD oil is if you are a nervous traveler. Whether you are flying or driving, travel can be nerve-wracking. Having a natural substance that can calm your nerves without any psychoactive effects could be a lifesaver.
CBD has taken the world of anxiety by storm in recent years from all of the research that’s being done on CBD’s anti-anxiety effects.
In a study done in 2010, CBD was found to help reduce the symptoms of people who dealt with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans were taken of the participants and showed changes in the blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.
In this study, CBD not only made the participants feel better but it also changed how their brains responded to anxiety itself.
So if you get the jitters before traveling, CBD oil can be a great thing to take along to help you feel more comfortable.
Traveling with CBD Oil Properly
If you are planning on driving to your destination, then there isn’t a big trick to traveling with CBD. Just make sure you do your research and keep in mind the state laws of the place you are visiting if you are going to be crossing state lines.
While hemp and hemp-based products are federally legal now thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, states still have their own legislation regarding these products. Some states are less than friendly towards CBD and have some pretty harsh consequences if you are caught with it in your possession. So make sure you are aware of state laws so you can keep yourself protected and within their legal limits.
If you are planning on flying with your CBD, you do have options.
You are allowed to take your CBD oil onto a plane in your carry-on with you if you choose, but make sure that your product has very clear labeling or a QR code that links the product back to it’s Certificate of Authenticity. TSA does not allow any marijuana-based products onto flights; they will confiscate any marijuana products they find as well as alerting law enforcement. While marijuana is still a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, hemp no longer is and is federally legal.
The problem is that TSA may not be able to differentiate between a hemp-based product and a marijuana-based one, so make sure that you’re labeling is incredibly clear. If you do take CBD oil regularly for a medical condition, make sure you have a written approval or prescription from your doctor with you. It could save you a lot of hassle depending on the states you will be flying through and what they legally require.
Traveling with CBD is definitely a possibility. So go out and enjoy your vacation with the knowledge you need to also be able to use and enjoy your CBD oil!
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